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(past & past part. blarneyed; pres. part. blarneying)
Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering.  Synonyms: cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle.

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"Blarney" Quotes from Famous Books

... have ever heard his was certainly the most surprising. It had seemed to me that my own remarks had glorified Minnesota up to the highest point; but they were tame indeed compared to his. Having first dosed me with blarney, he proceeded to deluge the legislature with balderdash. One part of his speech ran ...
— Volume I • Andrew Dickson White

... wrinkle coming to his white lawn tie, when he stood before woman he was voiceless, incoherent, stuttering, buried beneath a hot avalanche of bashfulness and misery. What then was he before Katherine? A trembler, with no word to say for himself, a stone without blarney, the dumbest lover that ever babbled of the weather in ...
— The Trimmed Lamp and Others • O Henry

... came, and unconsciously squinted and made faces at them in the intense sunlight. It tells how the maidens gave them dainties and sweet glances, and boutonnieres of tuberoses and violets, and bloodthirsty adjurations, and blarney for blarney; gave them seven wild well-believed rumors for as many impromptu canards, and in their soft plantation drawl asked which was the one paramount "ladies' man," and were assured by every lad of the hundred that it was himself. It tells ...
— Kincaid's Battery • George W. Cable

... "Away with your blarney, boy!" laughed the Violet, in return, using her Maggie Murphy form of speech with telling effect, as she often did. "He left a thousand apologies for you," she added, slipping back into her veneer of the—for Maggie—upper world. ...
— Blue-grass and Broadway • Maria Thompson Daviess

... toil,' the supreme glory of 'the sweating brow,' and how magnificent the suit of coarse homespun which covers a form bent with overwork."... "I tell you, my brother-workers of the soil, there is something worth living for besides hard work. We have heard enough of this professional blarney. Toil in itself is not necessarily glorious. To toil like slaves, raise fat steers, cultivate broad acres, pile up treasures of bonds and lands and herds, and at the same time bow and starve the ...
— Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 30. September, 1873 • Various

... world began: one of which was Noah's ark, and the other the Mayflower. She believed that no people had ever endured such persecutions as the puritans, and was especially eloquent upon the subject of "New England's Blarney-stone," ...
— Western Characters - or Types of Border Life in the Western States • J. L. McConnel

... ran blood. The arrowhead was pulled through and out, and the cut bound together, and after that the seamen submitted to the same surgery like sheep. Blunt kept them quiet by subtle blarney, telling them they couldn't let white folks beat ...
— Gold Out of Celebes • Aylward Edward Dingle

... in her homestead with some half-dozen of nieces, a nephew or two, and a litter of grandchildren, who know the old lady to the core, cozen and blarney her as they please, and love her with a perfect unanimity. I think she sometimes blames herself for her tyrannical usage of these innocents, who nevertheless thrive remarkably on it. You can hardly get on your horse at the door without maiming an infant, and you can't throw a stone in ...
— Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases - Seventeen Short Stories • Perceval Gibbon

... full of blarney," explained Jeff, who, it was evident, was fond of the merry Irishman; "so you mustn't mind ...
— Klondike Nuggets - and How Two Boys Secured Them • E. S. Ellis

... with a little collection, to fix it up with the farmer, and blarney him out of taking ...
— Tramping on Life - An Autobiographical Narrative • Harry Kemp

Words linked to "Blarney" :   persuade, flattery, soft-soap, swagger, bully, browbeat

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